The Institution for the Encouragement of Church Music

The use of music of quality in the service of worship was an important topic of discussion and writing in late eighteenth-century America. Two men, Andrew Adgate and Francis Hopkinson, both of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania worked tirelessly to encourage excellence in church music.

In 1784, Andrew Adgate helped organize the “Institution for the Encouragement of Church Music.” In the following year, he also founded a “Free School for Spreading the Knowledge of Vocal Music.” Through his work, the organists, choral directors and singers of Philadelphia had the opportunity to enhance their skills and provide more excellent music for their worshiping congregations.

Dr. Jeannine Jordan, organist, with her husband, meida artist, David Jordan, are the creators and performers of the organ and multi-media concert experience, From Sea to Shining Sea.

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